I was reviewing my legal case files and noticed that about half of my clients waited a LONG time before contacting me about their injuries. This is true in car accident cases, fall down injuries, work injuries, you name it. It is always better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so you know “The Rules” and you know your rights and the correct way to proceed, whether you hire a lawyer or not. But as you will see, there is NO DOWNSIDE and lots of good reasons to talk to an injury lawyer right away.
Why get in touch with an Injury Lawyer soon after an Accident?
There are plenty of reasons that people DO NOT speak with an injury lawyer soon after a crash. One is that they hope that their injuries will get better on their own, and they do not want to make a big deal about it. Some people who are hurt at work are worried that if they report their injury, they will get in trouble at work or lose their job. Some people do not like the idea of being “one of those people” who hire a lawyer and files a lawsuit.
The trouble with delaying speaking with a qualified experienced personal injury lawyer is that it can hurt your case and make your case harder to prove, and possibly result in a lesser recovery for your injuries. For example, in a fall down a case, I like to have a lot of time to investigate the scene, seek out witnesses, get photographs of the scene, and sometimes, consult with my architect/structural engineer witness to make sure that we have considered ALL the bases for liability. In work injury cases, there is a 45-day deadline for reporting an injury, and getting me involved right away means that I can make sure that the Workers Comp insurance company is paying your salary and guaranteeing payment to the doctors so you can get the necessary medical treatment. These are just two examples. But there are lots of reasons why success in an injury claim or case hinges on early involvement from an aggressive, competent injury lawyer.
There is no reason for you NOT to speak with a lawyer. Virtually all injury lawyers (I included, of course!) offer free case evaluation for people who have been injured in a car crash, work injury, fall down, motorcycle crash, whatever kind of injury. That means we talk and I answer your questions for free, either in person or on the telephone, as you prefer.
Sometimes, I have to turn down a case because a person waited too long to call me about their injuries, and I never want that to happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you a bad person to be the victim of injury, and you have a right to know your options and your rights. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give me a call about your personal injury situation, even if it HAS been a long time since you or a loved one has been hurt. I am very good at putting cases together quickly, but it is always better to call early on!